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minutes from now. until then a look at comments by u.s. army chief of staff general ray odierno. he said friday the greatest threat facing our nation is fiscal uncertainty and potential budget shortfalls. >> good morning, everyone. i'm mike owe hand lan and on behalf of peter singer and everyone else here at bookings, for the 21st century hearing on intelligence. we're welcome to have general ray odierno to speak in what could not be a more important week for american defense policy making. you're aware of budget challenges of the process and how these can affect our men and women in uniform and future military planning and current operations. no one could be a more distinguished and thoughtful person who discuss these matters than general odierno who i have great honor to know a dozen years now. he has been a friend of brookings and the a friend of the broader defense community and he has been a distinguished servant in our nation's military and our nation's defense throughout that period. he took the fourth infantry division to iraq and presided over its operations, directed its operat
. there are new claims of a responsibility for a terrorist attack on the u.s. embassy in turkey. we know about the group and how they fit into the wider global terror network. >> the white house on defense over defense secretary nominee chuck hagel's explosive and contentious senate hearing. what are the chances that he'll get confirmed. >>> the dow closing above 14,000 for the very first time in years. will it continue? that's the big question. >>> but up first some brand new developments this out of alabama. that's where a 5-year-old boy remains hostage in an underground bunker. at this hour authorities sent a special message to the man holding him there, jimmy lee dykes. the standoff began five days ago when police say dykes kidnapped the boy from his school bus after shooting the driver. jonathan serrie is live at the scene in midland city, alabama. what's the latest? >> reporter: no resolution as the hostage standoff goes into a fifth afternoon. however, authorities say they are in constant communication with 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes communicating through the pvc pipe that provides ven
the u.s. and his country. you can see that live at 4:00 p.m. eastern. it will be on our companion network, c-span. we continue the prime time booktv programing later tonight looking at civil rights move. wed look at authors, mary francis berry and taylor brand. that will be. on c-span 3 tonight at same time, american history focusing on american artifact. we have smithsonian curator, eleanor jones harvey. she will talk about photographs and paintings from the civil war. all that here on the c-span networks. >> okay. folks. okay. we're going to get the second keynote speaker started here while you're enjoying your lunch. but first i would like to thank our gold sponsors for supporting us today. they are centurylink government, blue coat federal, hewlett-packard, info blocks, juner per networks, lockheed martin, net app, palo alto networks, red hat, red seal networks, taurus advanced, enterprise solutions and verizon. special thanks to those. as we enjoy our lunch i will introduce miss tina kune. vice president of northrop grumman and one of our diamond response source for today's -
house just fine drone strikes on u.s. citizens overseas. nbc news reported on the memo monday night and it has gotten lots of reaction in washington. what are your thoughts? call -- we want to get your thoughts on social media as well on twitter or facebook. or send us an e-mail. we will get your thoughts in a moment. first, josh gerstein is joining us on the phone. here's your headline -- what was this memo? guest: this is a white paper that looks like it was derived from some confidential legal opinions that the opinions -- opinions that the justice department wrote that authorized drones or some other counter-terrorism operations to basically killed u.s. citizens overseas. and it talks about one set of circumstances. it looks like it is talking specifically about a particular country or type of country or certain type of leaders or terrorist organizations and under what conditions it would be ok to use this type of lethal force. it does not talk about drones per say, but it appears that is what they are referring to. if it does not rule out using its under other circumstances. it
prepare for defense against the threat to u.s. territory because of this coming capability, i think china is going to say, that's unacceptable. i'm hopeful. but at the end of the day as i say, the united states can't sit there waiting just for china. we have to be working with our allies on a comprehensive strategy, again, trying to let the region know that we want to be that important security guarantor. we also want to be a major trader, investor to the region and with asia-pacific. and for the stability and that trade and investment, and for prosperity and liberty to take root in this entry, any dynamic century with a rising asia pacific, it's going to have to take greater stability than north korea is right now letting it have. so for those initial comments, i will turn it back to our chairman. >> well, thank you, patrick the as always, very comprehensive argument. the floor is open. before we open the floor -- [inaudible] >> i want to pick up on patrick's point, and elaborate on what i see as the elephant in the room, which is china. outgoing defense secretary panetta told the house
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office anymore. [ male announcer ] with stamps.com you can print real u.s. postage for all your letters anpackages. i have exactly the amount of postage i need, the instant i need it. can you print only stamps? no... first class. priority mail. certified. international. and the mail manicks it up. i don't leave the shop anymore. [ male announcer ] get a 4 week trial plus $100 in extras including postage and a digital scale. go to stamps.com/tv and never go to the post office again. clap the president has laid out his plan to create more jobs. somehow it involves more government but this government create jobs? he built of business and steve forbes runs the magazine that is a capitalist tool. level think people get that full show what does government do to create jobs? john: government can create jobs and pay people. >> magicians can create rabbits. [laughter] not in the real world. [laughter] with the mayors -- aristocracy versus capitalism you can achieve success, not be bailed out then this economy creates jobs and allows people to move ahead as abraham lincoln said improve their lot
by the u.s. postal service. manila. >> manila. >> smell like an envelope. go places. manila. manila. express mail your senses. hmm, paper. adhesive. manila by the u.s. postal service. the smell of mail. >> i think he is on to something. good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. president obama and congressional republicans remain worlds apart on a realistic solution to prevent billions of dollars in automatic cuts. the sequester from kicking in march 1st. right now the politics are trumping any movement towards compromise. joining me now for our daily fix chris calizza, msnbc contributor and managing of post politics.com, and washington post reporters laurie montgomery and nia malika henderson. chris, first to you. set the stage for us. there's no solution in sight. is the white house expecting it has the high road in terms of politics of it and that republicans will be on the defensive because i don't see any way they're bridging the gap. there is no outward ed that began is being bridged. i think the government sees the only way it could be bridged by agreeing with some ta
, that the u.s. patent office issued a patent. i will not give you a pop quiz. it was labeled john deere plow. the implement sketched out could have easily been labeled one of the most important inventions in history. they called it the plow that broke the plains, and it did. by replacing cast iron with smooth innovation, it opened up swaths of land for cultivation. it made it possible for my hometown to exist. beforehand, tilling an acre took a full 24 hours. afterward, as little as five. every toil ended another assumption of what the land could produce. it is not just the start of agricultural success, but of national success. this kind of game changing innovation has enabled us to leap ahead and increase harvest and feed the whole world. sometimes these innovations come from the most advanced science. other times they are simple steps and ideas that come from looking at and listening closely to the problem. all of them can break down barriers to food security. it can allow us to allow new paths of progress. we need those new pathways forward. take a look at a few recent headlines. "drough
.com and washington post editorial columnist ruth marcus, and u.s. economics editor for the economist. greg, first to you. you're the expert on all things jobs. the revisions are really good and strong. it shows that 2012 was a lot better. take us through the numbers. >> yeah. well, the numbers for january were more or less as expected. about 157,000 jobs. what was more interesting was that even though that was a slowdown. it was a slowdown from what turned out to be a good fourth quarter of 2012, just when we thought the fears of the fiscal cliff were going to take hiring, we were creating around 200,000 jobs per month. we -- the last estimate suggested it was only around 150,000 jobs. it suggested a nice bit of momentum coming into 2013. >> chris, this is good news for the white house going into negotiations with the hill in terms of the economic movement at least in 2012, but they do have to worry about the softness in january. >> absolutely. you know, i have actually had greg explain to me many times about this because the thing that i'm so fashion natured by is the revisions. i mean, it's lik
a delicacy in france and italy, where it is openly labeled and consumed. the u.s. secret service is investigating the apparent hacking of private emails from former presidents george h.w. bush and his son, george w. bush, and other family members. the "smoking gun" web site reported today that the hacker, known by the alias "guccifer," gained access to emails, as well as photos, phone numbers and addresses. another bush son, former florida governor jeb bush, called the hacking "outrageous". wall street finished the week on a positive note. the dow jones industrial average gained nearly 49 points to close just short of 13,993. the nasdaq rose more than 28 points to close near 3,194, a 12-year high. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to judy. >> woodruff: we return to the civil war in syria, where activists say rebels clashed with government troops in damascus and shut down a highway out of the capital. meanwhile, in washington, there are new revelations of a split within the obama administration about what should be done about the conflict. ray suarez reports. >>
. arrested that we do via video so it works wonderfully. >> host: have you kept your u.s. citizenship? >> guest: oh yes. >> host: why? >> guest: my mother and father and my grandparents survived that for me. it is my duty. >> host: in "quitting america" the departure of a black man from his native land written in 2004 and by the way have you changed any of your views since the election of barack obama? >> guest: i remember my mother when he was nominated, hazel and khalia and i were in montrÉal. she called me at the hotel. she was i think 93 then. she said, and she was crying. [inaudible] i didn't need that telling. i always knew this. america is many places. it is a place that can be tolerant and accepting, a place where views can be moderated and differences can be reconciled. and i think a good deal of america supported vigorously the candidacy of a rock obama. and it's not only important to the black community. it's important to other americans as well. but he still faces a sort of vicious kind of ridicule from certain borders that are not unlike the america we saw when i was you
. john: and the government has to create that. >> and a college score card i that "u.s. news and world report" gave us updates but now the government will do that. and with federal subsidies, more activity and it will cost a lot of money. >> preschool is appealing to people. >> he just wants to give the kids a head start? >> i am highly sympathetic to putting kids in the government hands but headstart has a not a great record spending a billion dollars to get little in terms of results. the government's own study. john: no results one year later. >> gains during the preschool years gone by first grade. and similar bad results socially. john: fewer is riata 10 are enrolled in preschool like it is a problem. >> it is not like the government has done well overall we have tripled spending and scores are flat. we sock at education. john: he says he will not to increase the deficit. >> it is quite remarkable how most of the life of the country the government was less than 5% and only recently it has gone up and now with sequestration to talk about harsh arbitrary cuts which sound terrible. >
'm heather childers. topping the news, new fallout on the benghazi attack. leon panetta saying that the u.s. military could not respond like a police department. >> this is not 911. you can't simply call and expect within two minutes to have a team in place. >> heather: is this a preview of what we could see when he testifies before the senate? a fair and balanced debate straight ahead. >> gregg: and the death of an american hero. he struck fear into the hearts of our enemies and now we have the tragic ending of chris kyle a sniper without equal in military history. >> heather: plus, reports that the american dream have may have been premature. kids believe that their tomorrow will be better than our today. >>> we begin with a fox news alert. a town in mourning as we awaited details on the alabama hostage crisis. the funeral for the bus driver gunned down by jimmy lee dikes. he has been hiding out in an underground bunker with a five-year-old hostage. jonathan, what happened at the funeral today? >> reporter: the funeral procession was led by the patriot guard riders and also a convoy of sc
. thank you. >> sure. >>> cyber attacks against the u.s. an american firm is linking the chinese government to hacking. i'm talk to a man who hacks computers for a living. >>> controversial advice to kids from top law enforcement. what to do if they're confronted by a gunman. there's a training video here. our panel is going to discuss it. stay close. ns, i can talk to someone who knows exactly how i trade. because i don't trade like everybody. i trade like me. that's why i'm with scottrade. announcer: scottrade- proud to be ranked "best overall client experience." a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for p
. speaker, this is no time to eliminate preclearance. i'm reminded of a letter i wrote to the u.s. attorney's office, attorney general eric holder, to just in my city alone, the city of houston, to report 15 voter abuse cases. without the preclearance where would we be? or the proposal to eliminate the independent school district board of trustees, over a school district that has worked hard to survive, will be subjected to the preclearance to determine whether not only the students will be denied their right to learn in a school district they love and is fighting for their education, but that elected persons will be denied the right to serve and others denied the right to vote for them. the voting rights act protects all voters. it gives them all the right to vote, one vote one person. shelby county has raised the issue they should not be subjected to preclearance. they are beyond that. the district court, federal court decided in washington, d.c., that they were wrong. that preclearance is constitutional. and we know that well because about -- because when we had the privilege of re-autho
the nation's intelligence community had their hands on classified documents, the topic, when u.s. drones can legally kill americans overseas. president obama has agreed to the release only after caving in to the demands of congress. and today, in a senate confirmation hearing lawmakers will grill john brennan, obama's choice to lead the cia and also an architect of the drone program and a vocal supporter. >> we conduct targeted strikes because they are necessary to mitigate an actual ongoing threat to stop plots, prevent future attacks, and to save american lives. >> but it was the killing of an american citizen in yemen that raises all the questions. u.s. drones killed u.s.-born cleric anwar al awlaki, he was tied to the terrorist plots including the underwear bomber but never charged in u.s. court. iran claims it has unlocked the encrypted surveillance images from a spy plane drone. cnn cannot independently verify the authenticity video which is running on iranian state television and youtube. >> translator: this aircraft has had many flights in countries around iran and operations that ha
, and continues the slow but steady economic recovery. it comes right after we learned the u.s. economy shrank for the first time in three years. gdp fell up .1% in the fourth quarter of 2012. part of the economic pause was because of hurricane sandy. but it was also because of big cuts in defense spending. >>> we also learned yesterday that members of the president's job council are out of a job. the council had a two-year charter that will not be renewed. this morning, speaker john boehner said this is the wrong time for president obama to scrap his jobs council and delay his budget. month after month, we see the same thing, high unemployment and even more debt. the white house knew this criticism was coming. >> when we hear some of the somewhat ridiculous criticisms about this, they come from people on capitol hill who have consistently opposed every growth initiative and job creation initiative the president has put forward. >> i want to bring in "washington post" political reporter karen tumelty and michael crowley. good morning. >> nice to be here. >> he asked the chairman of the white h
as a u.s. senator from massachusetts. mr. president, i am proud to join my colleagues today in support of the violence against women act of 2013. i do so not just as a senator but as a mother of two daughters. this critical legislation has been held up for far too long, and it's past time for reauthorization. we have a serious responsibility to ensure that women and families are protected. the rates of violence and abuse in our country are astounding and totally unacceptable. according to a 2010c.d.c. study, domestic violence affects more than 12 million people each year. across the united states, 15 1/2 million children lives in homes in which domestic violence has occurred. and in my home state of north carolina alone, 73 women and children are killed on average every year because of domestic violence. let me say that number one more time. 73 women and children are killed every year due to domestic violence. these are alarming statistics, and we must act now to address them. since 1994, vawa programs, and in particular the stop program, that provides grants for services, training, of
much. there's not much disagreement about the need. i've never met a democrat or a republican u.s. been a governor who does not think the american people should have a sense that hard work will be read -- rewarded. the work party have an opportunity. i do not know of any men and women that are a better living example of that and all be sitting in front of me. we all use the phrase move forward in a balanced way. another man's a balance is another is in balance. that is what we have got to talk about. the one thing i do not think any of the lack is a vision about how great this country can be. we ought to be able to reassert ourselves in a way that we own the 21st century. i know the guy i am about to introduce believes that but you do. let me injured -- introduce you to the president was back with the pastry chef. my friend, barack obama. >> thank you. have a seat. thank you. welcome. thank you for being here. we all have a lot on our plate. everything from our immigration system our education system our goal is to make sure that we can be an effective partner with you. i want to thank
about their future and military officials concerned about the u.s. readiness. shout on from brother-in-law, he returned from afghanistan, gus walker, welcome home. >> steve: let's go to maria molina, she is serving where it is, i know it's really cold outside but it's a lot warmer than it was yesterday. >> yesterday we were talking about windchill temperatures at about 4 degrees when we were out here. today much better the temperature in new york city, 37 degrees and it's actually going to be mild across the northeast all the way down to florida. florida is going to be seeing highs into the 80s across southern parts of the state. 76 in the city of tampa, new york city, 46 degrees for high temperature. take a look at portions of the upper midwest. it will be cold day. minneapolis, high temperature is only going to be 3 degrees. that is warm as it is going to get. you factor in the wind and windchill at the moment north central are frigid. it feels like 35 below zero in fargo. we do have a storm system that is impacting portions of great lakes down to the southeast with areas of heavi
. welcome to sidewalk. as we can see here, and i feel like the weather girl, but u.s. equity futures are feeling slightly higher today. we have a couple of quarterly results hitting the tape in the last few minutes. cigna reporting earnings and revenues ahead of estimates. earnings topping estimates by a nickel. we're going to continue to follow both of those stories for you this morning. scotty, back over to you. some mandy, thanks so much. now over to the weather channel. eric fisher joining us to talk about this major winter storm heading our way. good morning. >> this could be one for the record becomes here over the next couple of days. it starts in the midwest. not to ignore what's going on here across michigan, wisconsin. chicago, sleeting rain, sleet this morning, a bust of snow this evening. biggest snow totals, eastern michigan. the bull's eye is right around sagin saginaw. so difficult travel there. the cold air and this slipper moving through the states. then we've got the rain across the south. that's ingredient number two. area of low pressure there that keeps a wet day
of there. and when it is done the u.s. navy will no longer have 14 class mine sweepers. we will have 13 and we could owe the philippines $300 per square meter of coral and somebody in mapville is going to be in big trouble. morning. the world's most watched tv event just two days away. >>> the alabama standoff with a 5-year-old hostage enters the fourth day. >>> an explosion rips through this building killing 25. others are feared trapped in the rubble. >>> plus, hillary clinton rides off into the sunset. chuck hagel against down right defensive and lions, tigers and bears. "first look" starts right now. >>> good morning. super bowl weekend is here. fans of the ravens and 49ers descend upon new orleans, the town known for the lavish parties is gearing up to throw one of the biggest ever. and there's a lot to look forward to. jay gray is live in new orleans for us. jay, tough assignment. good morning. >> reporter: yeah. i get all the rough ones. good to talk to you this morning. the colors of mardi gras lighting up the dome. comes in the middle of that festival. and a lot of people as yo
. he was scheduled to run in australia, brazil, the u.s., the uk and russia. while pistorius is in court on tuesday for a bail hearing, reeva's family says they'll be a memorial service for her as producers of her reality show released this farewell message from her, meant to be to the cast, but which now becomes her last words, her last good-bye. >> i take with me so many amazing memories and things that are in here and in here that i'll treasure forever. i'm going to miss you all so much. i love you very, very much. >> what a sad story that is. robyn kurnow reporting for us. we'll have more on that later here in "the situation room" as well. other news we're following including some painful budget cuts that will be felt by all of us. they're not only days away, they could affect you in some unexpected ways. plus, senator john mccain is alleging a massive cover-up on the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. >> so it's the state department's fault? who would you blame? who is responsible then? i've always had to keep my eye on her... but, i didn't always wa
that the u.s. government can order the killing of american citizens if they are believed to be senior operational leaders of al-qaeda or an associated force -- here's the key line -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the united states. so that policy is that we believe justice department is saying it is perfectly legal to use drones, not just to go out and kill people that we think might some day plan an attack against the united states who are not friendly to the united states. but also to kill americans anywhere on the planet whom we think are traitors or may some day, plan something against the united states even if there is no evidence that they are now engaged in an active plot. raises the whole question about drone warfare. i'm torn about it because it's a different kind of warfare. i mean, certainly, i would like to know what you think about this. 1-866-55-press. the problem i believe is we've got this technology. we are using it. we are using it more than anybody has ever used it before. i mean i forget how many -- you kno
think about that, bring you up to date. john brennan was grilled by members of the u.s. senate yesterday about drones. ron wyden, senator ron wyden from oregon will tell us all about that hearing. no sooner did ray lewis retire from the ravens than his sond signed up to play for the university of miami. we will talk to sports blogger cindy borin from the washington post. a lot to get to, as we say, and we will, but first, today's current news update from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. president obama is speaking at the armed forces farewell tribute today in honor of defense secretary lienon panetta. he will be at joint base myer henderson at 4:00 this afternoon. this is the formal goodbye for panetta stepping down from his position. yesterday, he testified over the attacks in benghazi where he revealed there was no advanced warning for those attacks. he said that factor plus the time and distance involved prevented the u.s. military from reaching the consulate before four ameri
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, soldiers from the active army, the army national guard and the u.s. army reserve. combined with previous cuts, this will result in a total reduction of at least 189,000 personnel from the force but probably even more than that. these reductions will impact at the army base and every installation in the army. sequestration will result in claze to every one of our 10 major modernization programs. the inability to reset our equipment after 12 years of war and unacceptable reductions in unit and individual training. these cuts will be felt across the entire country. since 2008, the total army budget will have been reduced by 37%. if sequestration is enacted it will be greater than 45%. in my opinion, sequestration is not in the best interest of our national security. it will place an unreasonable burden on the shoulders of our soldiers and civilians. we will not be able to execute the department of defense strategic guidance as we developed last year. i understand the seriousness of our country's fiscal situation. we have and we will continue to do our part, but the significance of these bud
is all about. >> according to the a.t.f. in 2011, 6.2 million pistols were sold in the u.s. 2.3 million rifles, 872,000 shotguns and 573,000 revolvers. larry pratt is our guest. by the way, the national rifle association was invivetted to participate in this program and they declined. blue ridge arsenal is our base this morning in virginia for the next couple of hours. we'll be talking to employees and looking at products and services that blue ridge arsenal gun shop rage provides as we take calls with our guest larry pratt. we have a call from michigan. caller: my message and reaction to comments i heard -- i haven't heard anything as far as what has been brought forth yet. why larry, do we not see -- when a gun was purchased at a -- by a dealer, why do we not see or why we haven't heard a gun lock be issued by a federal basis or by some means of standard gun lock with the southeasterly number with that particular -- serial number with that gun. they open the trunk of a person's car or vehicle and there's a gun in the back. it is an ar, it is out of the case. you go through the formali
him at the height of the campaign and said obama is going to win and the u.s. starts to adjust for that. between him winning a race that netanyahu never thought he was going to win and missing no opportunity and netanyahu himself ending up in sort of a messy situation, i think that's interesting and it's an interesting context to the visit. >> mitt romney promised he would make israel his first. >> his first. i want to quickly mention and talk about the hagel confirmation hearings, i'm interested to watch, he will make it through the committee and get confirmed, but how many republicans are going to vote for him? right now only two of 45 are on the record saying they are yes votes. probably about 20 have not said anything. my concern was we know there is not going to be a filibuster. mccain and a few others said no filibuster. that's healthy for the process, but this normalizes bad ap sigz party behavior. if they they treat this as a party line vote, they vote no. i don't want cabinet members to be party line votes. the white house's party controls the senate and what about the
for the defense industry? >> it's already terrible -- it's not just the defense industry, it's the u.s. economy which has contracted because of the anticipated loss of defense in aerospace jobs. leon panetta was confirmed 100-0. let me repeat that. 100-0. and he actually has a copy of the congressional record signed by 100 senators. i told him he ought to sell it on ebay and get rich. this hasn't happened in years, and it sure isn't going to happen with chuck hagel whom we can discuss. but the whole idea that in this reckless fashion, congress is not stopping this move to sequester of the defense or the nondefense budget just boggles my mind. i haven't been there in two years, but the people who are there are shaking their heads. let me say this. i was in munich recently for the security conference, my 11th time with john mccain, lindsey graham and a on the of others. the europeans who have economic structural problems are trying to increase their defense capability and shaking their heads at us and looking at the fact that we don't have serious problems, but we're manufacturing these economic
and the former general counsel of the u.s. chamber of commerce and the network of major donors who were invested in this idea that the establishment that maybe more moderate candidates are the future and the best hope of the republican party in 2014. that whole web of people is really putting a lot on the line with this new project. it's rove, but it's the people around rove, as well. >> here's another thing. how surprising is it to see karl rove get back in the game so soon after the whooping that he took? >> i'm sure he would make the case that despite the dismal results on election day that his group prevented it from getting worse. >> really? is that the argument? >> that is what, you know, people will say when you spend a lot of money and you come up short is that without that spending you would have done even worse, but the problem is it's very difficult to pinpoint which parts of the campaign architecture and infrastructure tend to help. it's difficult to get those metrics. >> yeah. >> politico's alexander burns. thank you, gentlemen. we have a whole lot to get to in our next hour. the st
of an entrances to the u.s. embassy in ankara. it's unclear whether they were u.s. nationals but the french news agency afp has identified them as embassy security guards. police say the bomber was able to make it inside a security checkpoint at the entrance. turkey, an important u.s. ally in the region sharing borders with iraq syria and iran. we will keep you updated as more details emerge. president obama could pick colorado lieutenant governor joe garcia to lead the labor department following labor secretary hilda solis. a source told reuters yesterday. solis announced her plans to resign earlier this month. dar see -- garcia is a president of the publiceblo campus. he would bring racial diversity to president obama's staff. obama getting some criticism for not having enough of that this term. >>> a new report shows mitt romney's presidential campaign quietly donated employed $90,000 to the red cross in late november. >> that's about one month after hurricane sandy hit the east coast. those filings came in last night and also showed some big payments to the co
communities, the commission recommends that the rural housing programs remain at the u.s. department of agriculture, one agency dedicated to and present in rural america. he lived there, they know what the problems are, and the people there trust them. we also recommend extending the current definition of rural areas, to ensure that rural communities continue to have access to the system that rural housing programs can provide. we also urge that they be carefully examined and the operations be examined for modification. these programs are currently underfunded despite an impressive track record. they need, for example, a slightly more increased application process and the underwriting as well. we know it is a difficult time to talk about spending. these recommendations will be no small sum to jump. counseling and stable rule housing are important elements. with that, i turn it over to my good friend whom i was named by "the wall street journal" many years ago as the odd couple because of our ability to work across the aisle. when he was secretary and i was with him. [applause] >> tha
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